Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Psalm 34


Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21

#122B Solemnities B Context (21st Sunday in Ordinary Time B)

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Many are the troubles of the just one,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him;
he watches over all his bones;
not one of them shall be broken.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving and a favorite for celebrating the heroic virtue of the saints. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom.

The final strophe contains a reference which may be derived from the ordinance on sacrifices of atonement (see Exodus 12:46Numbers 9:12) (he watches over all his bones; not one of them shall be broken). It can also be seen of predictive of the fact that the Christ’s bones were not broken after his death on the cross.

CCC: Ps 34:3 716
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Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23

#150C Solemnities C Context (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time C)

R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the Lord;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

The Lord confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the Lord hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
The Lord redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom. Response: “The LORD redeems the lives of his servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him."

CCC: Ps 34:3 716
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Psalm 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23


#188 Weekdays I & II Context (Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Advent)

R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom with the often used response: “The LORD redeems the lives of his servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him."

CCC: Ps 34:3 716
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Psalm 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19

#225 Weekday Years I & II Context (Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent)

R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.
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Commentary on Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19

Psalm 34 is a psalm of thanksgiving for God’s deliverance. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. The just cry out to the Lord and he hears them and rescues them.

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Psalm 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23

#248 Weekday Years I & II Context (Friday of the 4th Week of Lent)

R. (19a) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
Many are the troubles of the just man,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

He watches over all his bones;
not one of them shall be broken.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
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Commentary on Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23

Psalm 34 is generally a song of thanksgiving, however, this selection is more from the wisdom tradition (see Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22). We hear the results of the actions of the evildoers, whose motives were made clear, and how the Lord supports the just man.

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Psalm 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20

#270 Weekday Years I & II Context (Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter)

R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
or:
R. Alleluia.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
or:
R. Alleluia.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
Many are the troubles of the just man,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
or:
R. Alleluia.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20

The Psalm and response offer praise and thanksgiving for God’s saving works and his special care for the poor. The Old Testament God of Justice is very visible in this selection. (The LORD confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.) The psalmist calls out to the poor in spirit inviting them to trust in God's mercy and consolation.

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Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

#33C Solemnities C Context (4th Sunday of Lent C)
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

#119B Solemnities B Context (20th Sunday in Ordinary Time B)
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

#338 Weekday Year II Context (Thursday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time)
R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

#369 Weekday Year I Context (Friday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time)

R. (see 18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the Lord;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

Glorify the Lord with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the Lord heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. From all their distress God rescues the just.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

Psalm 34 sings a song of salvation at the hands of the Lord. It tells of God’s love for those who serve Him. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom.

The psalmist sings of God’s mercy and salvation, in reference to the promise made to the people of a land flowing with milk and honey.  From a more prophetic perspective we also have an image of Christ in the Eucharist, the taste of God’s mercy.

CCC: Ps 34:3 716
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Psalm 34:8-9, 10-11, 12-13

#370 Weekday Year I Context (Saturday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time)

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the Lord is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
for nought is lacking to those who fear him.
The great grow poor and hungry;
but those who seek the Lord want for no good thing.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Come, children, hear me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Which of you desires life,
and takes delight in prosperous days?
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
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Commentary on Ps 34:8-9, 10-11, 12-13

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving. The psalmist sings of God’s salvation and how He raises up the lowly [earlier references indicate the singer has suffered – v. 5, 7). It becomes an invitation to the people to become instruments of God.

CCC: Ps 34:8 336
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Psalm 34:7-8, 10-11, 12-13

#379 Weekday Year I Context (Wednesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time)

R. (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
for naught is lacking to those who fear him.
The great grow poor and hungry;
but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Come, children, hear me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Which of you desires life,
and takes delight in prosperous days?
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
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Commentary on Ps 34:7-8, 10-11, 12-13

Psalm 34 is a hymn of thanksgiving. In this selection, the singer rejoices in God’s love and compassion, especially for those in need (“the poor”). God saves those who love him and shares in their delight during good times.

CCC: Ps 34:8 336
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Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19

#492 Weekday Year I Context (Tuesday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time)

R. (2a) I will bless the Lord at all times.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.

The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.

When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19

In these strophes, Psalm 34 offers a lament. The psalmist recalls that the Lord gives hope to those who are poor and have no hope. The Lord hears their cry and brings them comfort and peace.

CCC: Ps 34:3 716
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Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11

#529 Proper of Saints Context (St. Jerome Emiliani, Feb 8)

#533 Proper of Saints Context (Seven Founders of the Servite Order, Feb 17)

#540 Proper of Saints Context (St. Francis of Rome, Mar 9)

#552 Proper of Saints Context (St. Anselm, Apr 21)

#566A Proper of Saints Context (St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions, May 21)+

#570 Proper of Saints Context (St. Philip Neri, May 26)

#597 Proper of Saints Context (St. Benedict, Jul 11)

#604 Proper of Saints Context (St. Bridget of Sweden, Jul 23)

#607 Proper of Saints Context (St. Martha, Jul 29)

#609 Proper of Saints Context (St. Ignatius of Loyola, Jul 31)

#611A Proper of Saints Context (St. Peter Julian Eymard, Aug 2)

#631 Proper of Saints Context (St. Joseph Calasanz, Aug 25)

#678 Proper of Saint Context (St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Nov 16)

#739 Commons Context (Common of Holy Men and Women, 5)

#787 Ritual Mass Context (IV. For the Conferral of Ministries, 2. Institution of Acolytes, 2.)
R. (9) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

#849 Mass for Various Needs Context (I. For the Holy Church, 6. For Ministers of the Church, Second Option)
R. (2) I will bless the Lord at all times.

#978 Votive Mass Context (The Most Holy Eucharist, 2)
R. (9) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
or: Alleluia

R. (2) I will bless the Lord at all times.
or:
R. (9) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear and be glad.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
for nought is lacking to those who fear him.
The great grow poor and hungry;
but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving and a favorite for celebrating the heroic virtue of the saints. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom. The promise of salvation for those who follow the Lord gives hope to the poor and downtrodden.

CCC: Ps 34:3 716; Ps 34:8 336
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Psalm 34:2-3, 6-7, 8, 9

#16E BVM Context (Holy Mary/ Fountain of Light and Life, Easter 16)

R. (6a) Look to the Lord and be filled with light.
I will bless the LORD at all times/-
praise shall be always in my mouth.
My soul will glory in the LORD
that the poor may hear and be glad.
R. Look to the Lord and be filled with light.

Look to God that you may be radiant with joy
and your faces may not blush for shame.
In my misfortune I called,
the LORD heard and saved me from all distress.
R. Look to the Lord and be filled with light.

The angel of the LORD, who encamps with them,
delivers all who fear God.
R. Look to the Lord and be filled with light.

Learn to savor how good the LORD is;
happy are those who take refuge in him.
R. Look to the Lord and be filled with light.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 8, 9

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving and a favorite for celebrating the heroic virtue of the saints. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom. The promise of salvation for those who follow the Lord gives hope to the poor and downtrodden.

CCC: Ps 34:3 716; Ps 34:8 336
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Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

#116B Solemnities B Context (19th Sunday in Ordinary Time B)
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

#269 Weekday Years I & II Context (Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter)
R.(7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
or:
R. Alleluia.

#359 Weekday Year I Context (Monday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time)

#515 Proper of Saints Context (St. Sebastian, Jan 20)

#517 Proper of Saints Context (St. Vincent, Jan 22)

#550 Proper of Saints Context (St. Stanislaus, Apr. 11)

#554 Proper of Saints Context (St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Apr 24)

#574 Proper of Saints Context (St. Justin, Jun 1)

#591 Proper of Saints Context (Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Jun 29)
R. (5) The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.

#660 Proper of Saints Context (St. Ignatius of Antioch, Oct 17)

#699 Proper of Saints Context (St. Thomas Becket, Dec 29)

#715 Commons Context (Common of Martyrs, Second Option)

#803 Ritual Mass Context (VI. For the Conferral of the Sacrament of Marriage, 2.)

#813 Ritual Mass Context (For the Consecration of Virgins and Religious Profession, 4.)
R. (2) I will bless the Lord at all times.
or: R. (9) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

R. (5) The Lord delivered me from all my fears.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear and be glad.
R. The Lord delivered me from all my fears.

Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R. The Lord delivered me from all my fears.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R. The Lord delivered me from all my fears.

The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R. The Lord delivered me from all my fears.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving and a favorite for celebrating the heroic virtue of the saints. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom. The Lord in his faithful love always hears those who call to him for help and salvation.

CCC: Ps 34:3 716; Ps 34:8 336
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Psalm 34:2-3, 6-7, 8-9, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19

#753 Ritual Mass Context (I. For the Conferral of Christian Initiation, 1.Catechuminate and Christian Initiation of Adults, Christian Initiation Apart from the Easter Vigil, 5.)

#758 Ritual Mass Context (I. For the Conferral of Christian Initiation, 2. Conferral of Infant Baptism, Third Option)
R. (6a) Look to him, that you may be radiant with joy!
or: R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

R. (6a) Look to him, that you may be radiant with joy!

I will bless the LORD at all times;
  his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
  the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Look to him, that you may be radiant with joy!

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy
  and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the Lord heard
  and from all of his distress he saved him.
R. Look to him, that you may be radiant with joy!

The angel of the LORD encamps
   around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
   blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R. Look to him, that you may be radiant with joy!

 Keep your tongue from evil,
   and your lips from speaking guile.
 Turn from evil, and do good;
   seek peace, and follow after it.
 R. Look to him, that you may be radiant with joy!

 The LORD has eyes for the just
   and ears for their cry.
 The LORD confronts the evildoers,
   to destroy the remembrance of them from the earth.
 R. Look to him, that you may be radiant with joy!

 When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
   and from all their distress he rescues them.
 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
   and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
 R. Look to him, that you may be radiant with joy!
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 8-9, 14-15, 16-17, 18-19

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom.

CCC: Ps 34:3 716; Ps 34:8 336
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Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 10-11, 12-13, 17 and 19

# 793 Ritual Mass Context (For the Pastoral Care of the Sick and the Dying, Anointing of the Sick, 5.)

R. (19a) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
  or:
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
  Ills praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
   the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
   or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Glorify the LORD with me,
   let us together extol his name.
 I sought the LORD, and he answered me
   and delivered me from all my fears.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
   or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

 Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
   and your faces may not blush with shame.
 When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
   and from all his distress he saved him.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
   or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

 Fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
   for nought is lacking to those who fear him.
 The great grow poor and hungry;
   but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
   or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Come children, hear me;
  I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Which of you desires life,
  and takes delight in prosperous days?
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
   or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

The LORD confronts the evildoers,
  to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
  and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
   or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 10-11, 12-13, 17 and 19

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom. Response: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted."

CCC: Ps 34:3 716
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Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 10-11

798 Ritual Mass Context (V. For the Pastoral Care of the Sick and the Dying, 2. Viaticum, 2.)

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
  his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
  the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Glorify the LORD with me,
  let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
  and delivered me from all my fears.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
  and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
  and from all his distress he saved him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
  for nought is lacking to those who fear him.
The great grow poor and hungry;
  but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 10-11

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving and a favorite for celebrating the heroic virtue of the saints. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm echoes hope for deliverance and freedom. The Lord in his faithful love always hears those who call to him for help and salvation.

CCC: Ps 34:3 716
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Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 10-11, 12-13

#808 Ritual Mass Context (VII. For the Blessing of Abbots and Abbesses, Second Option)

R. (12) Come, children, hear me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
  his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
  the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Come, children, hear me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Glorify the LORD with me,
  let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
  and delivered me from all my fears.
R. Come, children, hear me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
  for nought is lacking to those who fear him.
The great grow poor and hungry;
  but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing.
R. Come, children, hear me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Come, children, hear me;
  I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Which of you desires life,
  and takes delight in prosperous days?
R. Come, children, hear me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 10-11, 12-13

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving and a favorite for celebrating the heroic virtue of the saints. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom. The promise of salvation for those who follow the Lord gives hope to the poor and down trodden.

CCC: Ps 34:3 716
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Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 17-18, 19 and 23

#997 Votive Mass Context (The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 5)

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
  his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
  the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Glorify the LORD with me,
  let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
  and delivered me from all my fears.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
   and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
   and from all his distress he saved him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

The angel of the LORD encamps
   around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
   blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

The LORD confronts the evildoers,
  to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
  and from all their distress he rescues them.
R. Taste and sec the goodness of the Lord.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
  and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
But the LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
   no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
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Commentary on Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 17-18, 19 and 23

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone. This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom. Response: “The LORD redeems the lives of his servants; no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him."

CCC: Ps 34:3 716; Ps 34:8 336
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Psalm 34:10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 17 and 19

#813 Ritual Mass Context (VIII. For the Consecration of Virgins and Religious Profession, 5)

R. (2a) I will bless the Lord at all times.
  or:
R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Fear the LORD, you his holy ones,
  for nought is lacking to those who fear him.
The great grow poor and hungry;
  but those who seek the LORD want for no good thing.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
  or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Come children, hear me;
  I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Which of you desires life,
  and takes delight in prosperous days?
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
  or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Keep your tongue from evil
  and your lips from speaking guile;
Turn from evil, and do good;
  seek peace, and follow after it.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
  or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

The LORD confronts the evildoers,
 to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
 and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R. I will bless the Lord at all times.
  or:
R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
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Commentary on Ps 34:10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 17 and 19

Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving. The psalmist is fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7) This psalm, in the words of one being unjustly persecuted, echoes hope for deliverance and freedom. The singer pledges faithfulness, turning away from sin and embracing the Lord's deliverance. Implicit in these strophes is a need to trust in God's mercy.

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+ Added from the Sacramentary Supplement, provisional number assigned by SOW 

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